Arts Emergency

Chrissy Kinsella

Head of Programmes

I studied at Trinity College of Music as a classical singer, and during my time there I knew that, along side performing, I wanted to work in arts management and in particular, music education.

I was looking into doing some unpaid internships at orchestras but I knew that it would be very difficult to manage financially in London with no salary. I was lucky enough to be singing in a choir with the then concerts manager of the London Symphony Orchestra who told me they were looking for a receptionist. It was a fantastic start, and without that opportunity I may not have been able to break into the arts.

The work I do know, for the Mayor’s Fund for Young Musicians, is all about offering musical opportunities to primary school age children who would not otherwise be able to afford it. I am passionate about bringing the arts to everyone who wishes to be a part of it, not just through education but work experience, too. I am all too aware that it is becoming increasingly difficult to find a paid work placement in the arts as a “”first step””, and too often these opportunities are being offered to students who already have contacts within the industry and financial assistance to allow them to work unpaid.

I’ve been working in arts management, charity administration and music education for over ten years and feel that I have much to offer young people. I also still freelance in and around London as a professional soprano.